My son who will be 16 in January has had problems with syncope since he was 10 years old. I have had him to many doctors including a neurologist and cardiologist. He has had EKGs, Table Tilt Test, Echo Cardiograms, MRIs, Stress Test, etc., He has been diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse (my mother, his grandmother also has this and had to have an oblation due to rapid heart beat) and Syncope. The doctors have told him to drink 1 to 1 1/2 gallons of water per day stating his body dehydrates itself. He is also on one salt pill one every 12 hours. In addition to this he was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia, Migraines and Asthma. His symptoms are dizziness, passing out, arm going numb, headache and fatigue. He has more problems after running but the stress test did not show anything. Each year it seems to get worse?! The doctors approved him to wrestle but he is having a hard time just trying to make it thru practice. Should he be attempting any sports? Is there something more we should be doing to help him? Will he outgrow this like I have been told? Any help is appreciated.
Even though his doctors approved him for wrestling, one would think not, especially since you said that each year it seems to get worse.
"He has had EKGs......Is there something more we should be doing to help him?"
As applicable, perhaps using an event recorder, or at the extreme, an insertable cardiac monitor (ICM), can confirm or rule out an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).
Causes of passing out/fainting/syncope include vasovagal (the most common cause), cardiac (includes specific irregular heartbeat, typically duration-dependent), circulatory, neurologic, metabolic and drug-induced. Sometimes, there is no known cause (idiopathic), no identifiable cause.
Additionally, of the different types of heart conditions (which includes mitral valve prolapse), various symptoms can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic, or even be silent.
Best of luck to your son down the road of life. May he live long and prosper.
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He did not pass out on the tilt table test but he felt dizzy and they stopped the test. This test was done about 5 years ago. The stress test was done last year and that too caused him to become dizzy and they stopped it prior to him fainting.
He has decided for himself to stop wrestling for now because he has had difficulty already with the practices. I feel bad for him because he truly loves it and does it well (according to the coaches). He had never been approved for sports until last year when he was given a new doctor in the practice. This doctor believes he should be off the salt pills as well but agreed to leave him on them until after wrestling season to see how he does.
I have searched a lot on syncope, mitral valve prolapse, etc., but it seems to have a lot of contridictions with the way he says he feels. I have looked at a few of your links and plan to look at more, so thank you.
As for the event recorder, I believe he did that 4 or 5 years ago also. I think that is when they finally did the echocardiogram and determined the mvp....
I would encourage you to have your son retested. Children change a lot in five years, and tests done that long ago may no longer be valid. You may also want to get a second (or third) opinion.
When my young daughter had a health problem, it took nine doctors, two emergency room visits, and a battery of tests to get her diagnosed. This included a pediatric ENT, gastro, cardiologist, and allergist.
I had a tilt table done as well and got very dizzy. The reason I am asking is because my heart rate jumps really high when standing. Most the time if that happens they start you on salt pills. If that is the case, and the salt pills don't work (they didn't for me), Maybe ask your doctor about a medicine called Midodrine. It has been my saving grace. Hope you figure something out to help him!
I am thirty now and have the same problem and have had this problem since I was about 13 yrs old. I have not grown out of having the syncope episodes yet. They also told me that I would grow out of them and now 17yrs later still having to deal with it, I have learned to pay attention to my body now and I can feel an episode coming on and I know that I need to lay down for a little while and let my body almost like restart itself.... Its a scary feeling still, but I think its because you have no control over what is going on with your body....
I am 28 yrs old. I have had problems with syncopes every since I was little. I have also been diagnosed with migraines, and even though I have not been diagnosed w/ asthma I do have it. I have a mitral valve prolapse w/ regurgitation. Also the pulmonary valve and tricuspid valve have trace regurgitation w/o prolapse. I know there is more that can be done. The only problem is trying to find a doctor who will take the time and go through everything. There are not many who will. The prolapse will also cause a heart murmer even if it is so slight that it can not be heard. I have been told that I was born with this and that it will only get worse. But that it will take many years to get worse. No one else is worried about this besides me (for myself). They have put me on different beta blockers to help with the chest pain that is eventually caused by the prolapse, but I had to stop taking them because it made the circulation in my fingers and toes worse. Wrestling for your son may be alright, but it should be with extreme caution. Because even if your son is at home and not doing anything he is more enclined to passout.
My son just turned 17 and in Jan he kept passing out in wrestling...I thought Hypoglcemic too but not...It was his gallbladder full of stones the most the doctor had seen on anyone...Thinking back he had stomach pains since 5th grade and the drs blamed it on Ulcers and just eating too much...Potatoes were heavy on his stomach and he was just growing....May have them test for gallbladder---hope this helps..He also has Sports enduced Asthma..
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